According to the USDOE, heating accounts for almost 50% of the average NJ home’s energy use. Over 80% of home heating in NJ is with natural gas, 12% electric and the rest oil or propane.
No-cost EE tips
- Move obstacles away from vents and registers. Keep them clean.
- Run your ceiling fan counter-clockwise to move the heat down from the ceiling to the floor.
- Open the drapes during the day to let the sun heat in and close them at night to reduce the chill.
- Lower your thermostat to 68o F while awake and lower when asleep or away. You save between 1% to 3% for every 1 degree lower you set your thermostat. This can save you up to 10% on your heating bill or about $80 per year.
Low-cost EE tips
- Perform routine annual maintenance on your heating system in the fall before winter use.
- Change the filter on your heating system and humidifier, either when dirty or every 3 months.
- Buy and use a programable thermostat
- Seal up any drafts. This could save you up to 20% on your heating bill or about $160 per year.
- Add insulation.
- Replace an older inefficient heating system with a new efficient system. (Tune in tomorrow for more tips on heating systems)